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Posted on 15 October 2013  - 22:55

Mousa Dembele completed 90 minutes as Belgium finished off their successful World Cup qualifying campaign with a draw against Wales on Tuesday night.

Mousa in action for Belgium against WalesTom Carroll lines-up with England U21s v Lithuania

The midfielder was joined by Nacer Chadli in the starting line-up and later by Jan Vertonghen, who came off the bench in the 71st minute. Nacer played 58 minutes before being substituted.

It was party time in Brussels after Belgium booked a place in next summer's final in Brazil with a 2-1 win in Croatia on Friday.

With the job done, Belgium went ahead against Wales through Kevin de Bruyne only for Aaron Ramsey to level two minutes from time.

Croatia lost against Scotland, so Belgium won Group A by nine points with a record of eight wins and two draws in their 10 matches to reach the World Cup Finals for the first time since 2002.

In South America, Erik Lamela saw action as Argentina – already qualified for next summer’s finals – slipped to a 3-2 defeat against Uruguay.

Erik started the match, which saw Argentina twice come from a goal down to draw level in the first half, before Uruguay snatched what turned out to be the winner five minutes after the break.

Erik, who picked up a caution in the 18th minute, was substituted 14 minutes from time.

Despite winning, Uruguay missed out on an automatic qualification place, and must now try and navigate their way to Brazil via the play-offs.

After the highs of a hat-trick against San Marino last Thursday, Harry Kane found himself on the bench as England Under-21s beat Lithuania 5-0 in European U21 Championship 2015 qualifying at Ipswich's Portman Road.

He was an unused substitute as Tom Carroll started, but the midfielder's night only last 15 minutes as he limped out of the action.

Tom, on loan at QPR, had helped set-up the opening goal for Ravel Morrison inside two minutes but was then clattered by Tomas Birskys after seven minutes. After receiving treatment, Tom departed eight minutes later.

Paulinho played for 63 minutes as Brazil secured a 2-0 friendly win against Zambia in Beijing, China.